Behind this deceptively simple interface lies a wild pack of turbulent filth monsters.
Squash, distort, compress, and grease your audio
If you’re into railing against brickwall limiters that destroy all dynamics and turn waveforms into sausages, skip ahead—we’re dealing with a plug-in intended to go beyond dynamic range control, and add both hardcore sausaging and distortion. Think of it as riddling your waveform with the audio equivalent of body piercings.
However, you don’t have to max it. When applied more subtly (yes, I recognize the irony), you can do tricks like add serious grease to a bus carrying, for example, bass and drums. Sausaging can also work on individual tracks too, like kick drum or electric bass.
The three controls are Fatness, Color, and Gain (trims the output level). However, the sausage gets an angry expression when you turn things way up, so while that may not qualify as a control, it does qualify as . . . well, a graphic of an angry sausage. The UI is huge—it takes over your screen—and while amusing, between the distraction of the knobs vibrating when audio passes through the plug (clearly, too much caffeine) and the huge yellow window, it’s quite the attention whore.
Mr. Sausage wants to be hit hard. With a suitably strong input signal, zero fatness is roughly unity gain; turning it up to about 20% gives reasonably clean compression. At 30%, there’s definite nastiness, so you can only imagine what happens when you kick it up to 100%. Meanwhile, Color makes the sound somewhat brighter as you turn it up, but this isn’t conventional tone-control brightness—it’s more like a weird wah with no resonance. Nice: All three parameters support VST automation.
This is not about clean, brickwall dynamics control. What’s extremely cool about the Sausage Fattener is that it celebrates the act of sausaging, and revels in killing the dynamics in as ruthless, gleeful, and distorted a manner as possible.
If you want some serious sausage grease in your music, you can try to turn a brickwall limiter into a bad boy, or you can simply start off with a bad boy and take it from there. Like a real sausage, you probably don’t want to know what’s inside this plug-in. But go ahead and use it . . . I promise I won’t tell, as long as you don’t tell anyone I’m using it, too.
DADA LIFE SAUSAGE FATTENER $29 (DOWNLOAD ONLY) VST/AU
STRENGTHS: Unique approach to squashing dynamics. Can push into really nasty distortion if you want. Easy to use. Inexpensive. High fun factor.
LIMITATIONS: GUI is unnecessarily large. Not for the faint of heart. No RTAS version.
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